mind, body, spirit | march

Yesterday, I took a break from regularly scheduled programming to spend the full day with my family.   They're on their way back to Ontario now, but the time I spent with them this week was much-needed and very lovely. Here some of them are above, about to head out for a walk in the freezing late-winter temperatures.

Oh, and while we're on the subject of temperatures, happy first day of spring today! Let's hope it warms up accordingly soon. I don't know about you but I'm so restless and ready to get outside and walking in the sunshine. I can't believe how quickly time has begun to pass now that March is here. If only the weather would catch up!

Mind: Have you ever visited Swiss Miss, the blog of designer Tina Roth Eisenberg? Last week, she posted her SXSW keynote talk. She speaks about her path to becoming a designer, moving to New York from Switzerland, and establishing several businesses, and (the heart of her talk) the 11 rules and values that guide her, both personally and professionally. Insightful, and inspiring.

Body: Since moving to Madison, I've become seriously hooked on smoothies. I make one every morning, jamming as many nutrients into the blender as possible. This way, even if I descend into a pulled pork taco and margarita extravaganza by evening, at least I've consumed something healthy during the day. I have a few favourite recipes in my repertoire now, but I try to lean towards green smoothies (ones with lots of leafy greens or other green vegetables) as often as possible. This green tea mango smoothie is great, especially since it includes a dose of caffeine. Add a sprig or two of mint to further enhance the taste.

Spirit: I finished the most recent book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series this past weekend, A Dance with Dragons, and man, it's going to be tough waiting for the next book to be released. Luckily season three of Game of Thrones starts in 10 days! This series has a wonderful way of whisking away your thoughts and preoccupations, and transporting you. I'm not normally a huge fantasy reader, but the tone of Martin's writing is just right, at least for my current mood. Good stories are what feed our imaginations, and I'd really recommend these books if you'd like to acquaint yourself with something truly absorbing. And of course, as fellow bookworms can attest, there's no better way to wait out winter's end than curled up with a great book.